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The Katha Chest

The Katha Chest by Radhiah Chowdhury and Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu (Young Asiyah learns her family history through her grandmother’s chest of richly patterned katha quilts, hand-stitched from layers of repurposed, memory-laden, sari fabric. Asiyah’s tale is accompanied by wordless story panels that reveal their Bengali cultural history. These panels resemble a family photo album, reminiscent of Pattachitra, cloth-based narrative scroll paintings. (Preschool-Grade 3)

Award Status: Highly Commended

Award Category: Young Readers

Author: Radhiah Chowdhury

Illustrator: Lavanya Naidu

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